Eureka County, Nevada Genealogy

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Guide to Eureka County, Nevada ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Information


The county was named for the ancient Greek term, "Eureka," meaning, "I have found it." It's county seat is Eureka and was founded 1873.[1] It is located in the central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

Eureka County Courthouse
701 S Main Street
PO Box 677
Eureka, NV 89316-0677
Phone: 775.237.5262
Eureka County Website

County Recorder has birth, marriage, death, burial and land records.
County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records from 1874. [3]

Eureka County, Nevada Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county:[5]

Unincorporated communites
  • Primeaux
Census-designated places

Locations previously listed:

  • Alpha
  • Barth
  • Blackburn
  • Buckhorn
  • Cluro
  • Corwin
  • Dunphy
  • Harney
  • Leeville
  • Mineral
  • Rixies
  • Ruby+Hill
  • Shannon
  • Shoshone
  • Tonkin
  • Union

County Facts
County seat: Eureka
Organized: March 1, 1873
Parent County(s): Lander[6]
Neighboring Counties
Elko  • Lander  • Nye  • White Pine
See County Maps
Location Map
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History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Eureka County, Nevada online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in
more complete
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Nevada Cemeteries for more information

The following web site has additional information on Eureka county cemeteries.

Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1880 7,086
1890 3,275 −53.8%
1900 1,954 −40.3%
1910 1,830 −6.3%
1920 1,350 −26.2%
1930 1,333 −1.3%
1940 1,361 2.1%
1950 896 −34.2%
1960 767 −14.4%
1970 948 23.6%
1980 1,198 26.4%
1990 1,547 29.1%
2000 1,651 6.7%
2010 1,987 20.4%
Source: "".

Church Records

Most church records are held by individual churches. For contact information, check a phone directory, such as SearchBug or Dex Knows. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information about these major repositories, see Nevada Church Records.

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes



Land and Property Records

The county recorder's office keeps land records once the land was transferred to private ownership. Abstracts and indexes for these records are generally available at the county courthouse.

In the FamilySearch Catalog, land records for Nevada are listed in the Place Search under: NEVADA, Eureka – LAND AND PROPERTY

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Eureka County, Nevada Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Nevada Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers



Early migration routes to and from Eureka County, Nevada Genealogy for emigrant settlers included:

Military Records

Civil War

Naturalization and Citizenship


Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Eureka County, Nevada Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Nevada Newspapers Online

Nevada Newspaper Catalogs

  • U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present on Chronicling America - contains a list of all known newspapers and the dates they cover; once you locate a newspaper name, contact the local library to see if they have copies of the newspaper


Other Records


Probate Records

Probate records may include, wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. They may include the decedent’s date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, etc. See Nevada Probate Records for additional information.

School Records

Tax Records

Nevada tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records. Most tax records can be obtained from the county treasurer or assessor. For more information, see the wiki page Nevada Taxation. The Family History Library does not have copies of Nevada tax records (as of June 2013).

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

A copy or an extract of most Nevada original records can be purchased from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also Nevada Vital Records. For information about restrictions and costs for certificates, see the CDC Where to Write for Vital Records site.





Research Facilities


Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.





  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • FamilySearch Catalog - The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records

Research Guides


  1. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Eureka County, Nevada Genealogy and History”, accessed 3/27/2017.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Eureka County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Nevada 3/27/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Eureka County, Oregon page 442, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Aurora County, South Dakota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, accessed 15 March 2017.
  6. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  7. National Park Service, "California Trail" (map) in California National Historic Trail at (accessed 2 August 2011).
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "First Transcontinental Railroad" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 2 August 2011).
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "Central Overland Route" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 4 August 2011).